The Dallas Cowboys raised eyebrows in the sports world last week by making the desperation move of signing NFL veteran-turned-high school math teacher Jon Kitna, 41, to briefly abandon his retirement to help solve their quarterback crisis against the Philadelphia Eagles today. Since retiring from the Cowboys, Kitna, who played quarterback for 15 seasons with four NFL teams, has been teaching math and coaching football at Lincoln High School in his native Tacoma, Washington. Kitna, who retired after the 2011 season, will earn about $53,000 for the day’s work, which, the Cowboys hope, will consist of sitting on the sidelines as insurance against its replacement for Tony Romo, Kyle Orton, being injured like Romo was last week.
Now Kitna has announced that he will be donating his entire NFL check to the high school.
Yes, it’s true: Kitna is well-set financially, like most former pro athletes of recent vintage and long tenure. He is estimated to have about 12 million dollars as his nest egg. Nevertheless, this is a generous and unexpected act of generosity.
Now let’s all hope he doesn’t have to go onto the field, take a snap, get a concussion, and end up mentally disabled for the rest of his life.
For that is the risk he is being paid to take.
Pointer: Daily Caller
Facts and Graphic: Dallas News
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6 thoughts on “Ethics Hero: Dallas Cowboys Back-up Quarterback-For-A-Day Jon Kitna”
The guy has “character” in spades.
After reading that, “Ethics Hero” seems rather weak. Here’s a toast to Jon Kitna, a good guy!
Ethics hero is better than “good guy.”
They don’t win championships, but those Cowboys sure do hire ethical quarterbacks. (Why was Romo’s wife at the game while he was at home recuperating from surgery? Investigation for sexism is warranted.)
Good story. God bless him.
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